Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace Free



For a display of British pomp and ceremony, watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.

The Guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen's Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace) and the St James's Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding St James's Palace).

Tower of London

Discover the famous tower's gruesome past

Read More

All the guards taking part in the ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, and the ceremony is set to music.

Changing the Guard also takes place at Windsor Castle and at Horse Guards Arch on Horse Guards Parade.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

See where Kate and William were married

Read More

For Changing the Guard dates visit

  • At Buckingham Palace, Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30am
  • At Horse Guards Arch, Changing the Guard takes place daily at 11.00am (10.00am on Sundays)
  • At Windsor Castle, the ceremony takes place at 11.00am


Prices and Opening Times

Adult Ticket: Free (USD0.00)

Opening Times:

Visit the website for the full schedule. There is no Guard Mounting in very wet weather.

Venue Details & Map

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
+44 (0)20 3123 7300
Public transport:
Tube/Rail: Victoria Tube: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park or Hyde Park Corner

Look for similar items by category